Norton Rose Fulbright’s Chair of Europe, Middle East and Asia, Farmida Bi, has been listed second in The HERoes Top 100 Role Model Women Executives 2019. The list showcases business leaders who are breaking down barriers in the workplace and seeking to drive workplace equality and inclusion. The list is supported by Yahoo Finance.
Farmida was included in the HERoes 100 Women Executives List based on her work done internally and externally to champion women, and her recent and significant business achievements.
As Chair, Farmida is an ambassador for the firm, hosting internal events and participating in external meetings. She also takes an active role in promoting inclusion for women, personally organising events for the firm as well as clients.
Farmida is passionate about improving inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright. She is a partner sponsor and steering group member for the firm’s Women in Norton Rose Fulbright network (WiN), a ‘Pride Ally’ for the firm’s Pride network and a steering group member of Compass (a faith network supporting and educating Muslims and non-Muslims).
Farmida is also the firm’s European Head of Islamic Finance. She has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and Islamic finance transactions, advising on English and New York law. Farmida acts for arrangers, dealers, issuers and trustees on a wide range of debt instruments, including project bonds, debt programmes, high-yield bonds, private placements and Islamic bond issuances.
A leading individual for Islamic finance and for debt capital markets in Legal 500 UK 2019, Farmida commented:
“I am honoured to be recognised alongside a range of prestigious women. At Norton Rose Fulbright, we are dedicated to creating a workplace which is diverse and inclusive. We value what diversity brings to our culture and the opportunities it provides to widen our horizons and understand our clients, and each other.”
Earlier this year, Farmida featured in the annual Women to Watch supplement compiled by Cranfield University and was recognised as an “Outstanding Practitioner” at the International Financial Law Review Women in Business Law Awards. She was also listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2019.